Searchers looking for missing woman holding out hope she’ll be found alive

Patti Pendleton
Patti Pendleton

EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) — Dozens of volunteers along with trained search and rescue crews have scoured 700 acres of land in the Arcadia Management Area and still there’s no sign of a Coventry woman who’s been missing since Tuesday.

Search efforts were suspended at darkness Thursday and are planning to resume 8 a.m. Friday.

Search teams focused their efforts on four areas along Ten Rod Road for Patti Pendleton. Coventry police urged volunteers to wear warm, waterproof clothing and good boots – so they could better deal with the cold, wet conditions.

During an afternoon news briefing, police said more than 150 people have participated in the search, as well as 10 K9 officers, two watercraft, four helicopters, horses, and even drones.

“Our usual theory is that the subject doesn’t go, is not found more than a mile from their point last seen. Um, so we’re starting to branch out beyond that, and that will be our plan for tomorrow,” said Corporal Scott Carlsten of the RISP.

Police feel confident Pendleton is in the woods. They said while crews are trying to keep their spirits up, the situation is starting to become dire.

Pendleton’s family reported her missing Tuesday after she failed to show up for work.

Patti Pendleton (Photo Courtesy of Coventry Police)
Patti Pendleton (Photo Courtesy of Coventry Police)

Police believe Pendleton, 59, was walking her two dogs along a hiking trail south of Route 165, near Beach Pond. Officers found her car, but no trace of Pendleton or her poodle or terrier.

While he’s worried, Pendleton’s son told Eyewitness News he’s hopeful they will find his mom soon.

“She’s very smart. She knows how to survive,” Mike Pendleton said. “I mean, my family, we were all scouts. She’s a single mom, so she had to pick up some of the basics.”

Searchers do not suspect foul play and they don’t believe Pendleton was trying to harm herself.